Atletico Madrid midfielder Saul Niguez admits it feels good to hear that Rio Ferdinand wants him at Manchester United.
Saul has risen through Atletico’s youth ranks to become a vital leader at the Wanda Metropolitano. Indeed, he was one of four ‘captains’ boss Diego Simeone picked for the previous campaign.
The Spain international has coupled his leadership qualities with a dominant presence in midfield, playing 35 of his side’s 38 LaLiga games last term.
Such performances previously attracted the attention of Ferdinand, who urged his former side to sign the 25-year-old in April.
Asked about potential links to United and how he reacted to Ferdinand’s praise, Saul told Marca: “Well honestly very well.
“I am very flattered that a club like Manchester United or other teams that ask about me take me into consideration, for me it is very positive.
“And that strong people in those clubs speak well of you means that I am doing things well at Atletico Madrid.”
Ferdinand was speaking about Saul’s potential arrival amid speculation over Paul Pogba’s Old Trafford future.
He said: “I don’t want Pogba to go but if he does go I’d take Saul Niguez all day long. Not like-for-like but still a top player.
“What a player. I’ve been harping on about Saul Niguez for a few years now. I think he’s a major player. He’s composed, calm, great left foot, lovely conductor, he can score goals, tactically he’s very aware.
“You can see [Diego] Simeone, he gets his teams really well set up and he’s in the middle orchestrating and dictating things.”
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